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Going into the final push, the Democrat has more than double the Republican’s war chest.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Democrat Terry McAuliffe has more than double the cash on hand of his opponent for the final eight-day stretch to Election Day, holding $1.6 million compared with Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s $604,163.
McAuliffe raised $8.1 million from Oct. 1 to Oct. 23 compared with $2.9 million for Cuccinelli, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics.
Monday’s report was the last complete campaign finance report due before the Nov. 5 election. Candidates will still have to file large donations — those $5,000 or more to statewide candidates and $1,000-plus to candidates for the House of Delegates.
Libertarian nominee for governor Robert Sarvis has $58,583 on hand after raising $81,594 in the period.
In the lieutenant governor’s race, Democratic nominee Sen. Ralph Northam is swamping his opponent. Northam raised more than $612,000 and has $944,986 cash on hand.
Republican E.W. Jackson raised $233,248 and has $177,452 on hand, according to VPAP.
In the attorney general’s contest, which polls show is the tightest of the three statewide races, Republican Sen. Mark Obenshain raised $2.5 million and has $251,624 on hand.
Sen. Mark Herring, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, raised $664,244 and ended with $471,902 cash on hand, according to his campaign. While his report was not yet on VPAP’s website Monday evening, the tracker reported that Herring received $674,000 from the Democratic Attorneys General Association sometime after Oct. 23.
Cuccinelli’s two largest donations came from the Republican Governors Association — $500,000 on Oct. 10 and $470,000 on Oct. 4. He received nearly $163,000 in in-kind support from the group in this time frame.
McAuliffe brought in $500,000 from Sean Parker, a Herndon-born billionaire who co-founded Napster and served as Facebook’s first president. McAuliffe also received $1.75 million in in-kind contributions from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC and $924,675 in-kind from NextGen Climate Action Committee. An in-kind contribution is a donation of goods or services.
The Republican State Leadership Committee pumped $1.81 million into Obenshain’s coffers, and Dwight Schar, the former national finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, gave him $25,000.
Schar hosted a fundraiser Monday evening in Northern Virginia for McAuliffe featuring former President Bill Clinton. Schar is on the host committee for a fundraiser this week for Obenshain.
Northam received $200,000 from Parker and $35,000 from the NEA Fund for Children & Public Education.
Jackson received $45,000 in support from Dr. John Templeton and $10,000 from Bay Electric Co. Inc., according to VPAP.
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